A bal­anc­ing act for farm­ers

Hay-mak­ers face a tough battle to win this year’s com­pe­ti­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - 2015 MONTO SHOW -

WHO­EVER wins this year’s hay-mak­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Monto Show will be a very good farmer in­deed, Monto’s Rob By­grave be­lieves.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion of the 2014 hay event said the sea­son had been tougher than usual for any hay-mak­ing com­peti­tors.

“It’s been a very or­di­nary year this year,” he said.

“I have hay in the shed but it’s all rain dam­aged.

“It’s all due to the flood, but I was talk­ing to a cou­ple of guys and we were sort of say­ing how it’s all been a bal­anc­ing act this year, with all the showers so close to­gether.”

While Mr By­grave said he could usu­ally man­age one or two good cuts of lucerne a year, this year “has not been a good one for qual­ity”.

“But I’m sure I’ll find some­thing to en­ter, just to keep up with it,” he said.

Moon­ford farmer Arthur May­nard even dubbed 2015 as the “worst hay-mak­ing year ever, by far”.

“It hasn’t been a real kind year for mak­ing hay,” he said.

But de­spite the gru­elling con­di­tions, the farmer still liked his chances at leav­ing the 2015 hay-mak­ing arena vic­to­ri­ous.

“I dare not ever lay claim to say­ing I will win, be­cause I cer­tainly have enough re­spect for other grow­ers out there,” he said.

“But I’ll be com­pet­i­tive. I wouldn’t be sur­prised if I won. I do lay claim to be­ing one of the best, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be the best on the day.

“All it would take is for two or three heavy fogs for me not to have any good look­ing hay.

“There’s a lot of things that af­fect your hay.”

Arthur May­nard I dare not ever lay claim to say­ing I will win, be­cause I cer­tainly have enough re­spect for other grow­ers...

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

SUR­VEY­ING FIELD: Arthur May­nard hopes the weather holds out long enough for him to make some show-wor­thy hay.

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